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Grandparenting with a purpose offers resources to help grandparents intentionally pray for their grandchildren to know and follow Jesus Christ.

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Prayer is the Best Weapon for the next Generation

April 27, 2017
It’s time for grandparent warriors to raise a shout and carry the light of Christ to our grandchildren. It’s time we utilize the greatest weapon in our arsenal; it’s time we exercise the Power of Prayer! Grandparents are in a spiritual battle for the lives of the next generation; however, the battle isn’t ours, it is the Lords. The way to walk through this struggle is to tightly grip the hand of Jesus and stay in close communication with him. Only as we release our concerns for our grandchildren to Him are we free to cling to His hand. We cannot grab his hand when our hands are full of our worries and concerns, only when our hands are empty can we tightly hold His hand. The enemy wants to disintegrate and divide our families, rendering them chaotic, restless and unfruitful. Grandparents let’s not let the enemy distract us or dull our desires to pray for our grandchildren and their parents intentionally. Prayer is our best weapon to defeat the enemy. I believe it’s our place as grandparents to get on our knees, humble ourselves, seek God’s face, repent of our sin, and intercede for our grandchildren, their parents and our nations. Then having done all, we stand firm in our faith that God has heard and will answer our prayers according to His will. “Do not be afraid or discouraged . . . .For the battle is not yours but Gods.” II Chronicles 20:15 Announcing Grandparents’ Day of Prayer This struggle with the enemy is why Christian Grandparenting Network (CGN) is proclaiming the National Grandparents’ Day on September 10 as a Grandparents’ Day of Prayer. We believe the battle for the hearts and minds of our precious grandchildren and their parents will be victorious with praying grandparents who sense the urgency and the need to unite in prayer.Will you help us call grandparents to join in prayer on September 10? This event could be in your church, in your home, in a retirement complex, or any meeting location you choose. CGN will provide step-by-step guidelines, resources, and online tools to help you create a successful event that will engage grandparents in prayer for your event. Check out this website for endorsements, testimonials and promotional materials and free downloads. www.grandparentsdayofprayer.com For additional information, contact the Prayer Directors: Lillian Penner lpenner@christiangrandparenting.net Sherry Schumann, sherry@christiangrandparenting.net          

A Grandmother’s Prayer for her Grandchildren

April 23, 2017
A Grandmother’s Prayer for her Grandchildren Dear God, I am grateful for the grandchildren you have given me. I pray you will give me the grace to be a “Grammy” who loves, accepts, leads, and guides them with your love. I want to model my faith in Jesus, so they will be encouraged to put their confidence in you early in their lives. I pray they will develop a compassionate heart with a desire to serve others. When discouraged, may they trust you for their future and develop perseverance during hard times. May they enjoy hard work and find joy and contentment in each day, despite difficult circumstances. Help them to enjoy the small things in their lives, taking the time to smell the roses and notice the beautiful clouds in the sky. I trust they will seek new experiences in your creation around them in place of material possessions. I pray they will hold their possessions loosely and give cheerfully to your work. My desire is for them to develop a strong prayer life as they grow in their faith. Above all, may they seek your guidance in everything they do and may Jesus’ love shine through them to everyone. In Jesus’ name, Amen. Written by Joy Boschman, California  

Are you part of the Million Praying Grandparent’s Movement?

April 20, 2017
  If you have read my blogs and Facebook postings I am sure you have noticed that I am passionate about praying for my grandchildren in my writings. I recognize the critical moral and spiritual environment my grandchildren must navigate in a world hostile to truth. Recently Franklin Graham wrote, “Our nation is in serious trouble—we are in desperate need of Divine intervention. We need healing. Prayer is what can make a difference in America.” Our grandchildren are growing up in a world that is not friendly to our faith in God. However, I feel God has given grandparents a sacred trust and a responsibility to imprint the next generation with His faithfulness. That is why we at Christian Grandparenting Network are calling grandparents worldwide to unite in prayer by participating in the Million Praying Grandparents movement. Let us come to God with boldness and confidence praying for the environment our grandchildren and great-grandchildren are growing up today. You may ask, “What is the Million Praying Grandparents movement?” Million Praying Grandparents (MPG) is an imitative mobilizing Christian grandparents worldwide to regularly and intentionally unite in prayer for their grandchildren, families, and the influences in their grandchildren’s lives. Some of you may have already signed up to join in prayer with the Million Praying Grandparents movement. However, if you have not already signed up, will you, please sign up to participate for the sake of the hearts, minds, and souls of your grandchildren. Will you say, “Yes! I will be one of the Million Praying Grandparents uniting in prayer.” Click on www.millionprayinggrandparents.com to sign up to participate in the movement. When you join the Million Praying Grandparents, you will receive a FREE Prayer resource of “Scriptures to Pray” designed to help you pray for your grandchildren. Would you help us promote the Million Praying Grandparents initiative by sharing this post with your friends on social media and “like” its fan page? https://www.facebook.com/GrandparentDayOfPrayer If you have any questions, email Lillian Penner lpenner@christiangrandparenting.net or Sherry Schumann sherry@christiangrandparenting.net  Co-Prayer Directors for Christian Grandparenting Network Also if you subscribe for email updates on my weekly blog with grandparenting resources on this website, I will send you a Free Printable PDF copy of “Scriptures to Pray for Grandchildren.” WILL YOU DO ME A FAVOR? If you found this post useful, will you share it with a friend, especially another grandparent? Thank you!                  

Are your Grandchildren living in a Greenhouse of Prayer?

April 16, 2017
  In his book, “Fearless” Max Lucado writes, “Prayer is the saucer into which parental fears are poured to cool. Jesus says so little about our parenting, makes no comments about spanking, sibling rivalry, or schooling. His actions speak volumes about prayer. Bring your children to me. Raise them in a greenhouse of prayer.” ¹ A greenhouse is a glass structure for the growing of tender plants letting in the warmth of the sun to keep the tender plants warm and safe. Just so, the lives of grandparents can reflect the love of God’s Son, Jesus in the lives of their grandchildren. Praying they will grow healthy, developing godly character, as they are watered with God’s Word. Parents and grandparents cannot protect their children from every threat that comes into their lives. However, if we are believers in Jesus Christ we have one to which we can take each need into the greenhouse of prayer. If we don’t know how to pray for them, we can ask them how they would like us to pray for them or be in communication with their parents about their needs. In the wintertime, we often place our plants in a greenhouse to protect them from the severe cold weather. When the storms of life are hitting our grandchildren, they need a “greenhouse of prayer” for protection from the evil one who is seeking to destroy their faith. In Proverbs, we read “God-loyal people, living honest lives, make it much easier for their children.” ² Pray for your grandchildren’s parents to be God-loyal trustworthy, living honest lives, having the wisdom to teach them to develop godly character. It is easier to teach children godly character when they are young than when they grow older. Take your grandchildren to a safe, warm place, the “greenhouse of prayer” every day, so they will grow to be strong godly men and women. Watch for next blog for a special announcement. Lillian Penner, Co-Prayer Director for Christian Grandparenting Network, lpenner@christiangrandparenting.net ¹ Max Lucado, Fearless, (Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishing, 2009), p. 60. ²Proverbs 20:7 (MSG)        

Easter Prayer for Grandchildren

April 13, 2017
Easter Prayer for Grandchildren  Dear Heavenly Father, as we celebrate Easter, I am thankful that YOU died on the cross and rose from the dead so grandchildren and   I can have the gift of a personal relationship with YOU. I thank you that you have given us the Holy Spirit as a down payment for eternal life. I pray my grandchildren will understand the true meaning of the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.  I know how easily my grandchildren can be influenced by their friends—the fashions, music, their passions, and problems. I ask You to protect my grandchildren physically, emotionally and spiritually. May they know and follow YOU wholeheartedly. Help me to make the invisible God visible to my grandchildren. In Jesus’ name, Amen.  By Lillian Penner, Co-Prayer Director for Christian Grandparenting Network, lpenner@christiangrandparenting.net  

10 Suggestions for how to Pray for your Preschooler

April 10, 2017
It is important that we pray individually for each of our grandchildren. Following are suggestions to pray for your grandchildren if they are Preschool-age. You may also want to go to your local library to check out a book to read about the different stages of development. For Preschool-aged Children, pray they will: Develop a well-balanced personality. Learn problem resolution skills. Play well with others. Learn to obey quickly, and to respect authority. Explore and create without fear of failure. Develop a soft heart towards Jesus. Develop confidence and independence. Learn to control their emotions and anger. Develop an awareness of God’s love for them. Build positive friendships. Taken from the book, Grandparenting with a Purpose: Effective Ways to Pray for your Grandchildren, page 84. Available at www.grandparentingwithapurpose.com. By Lillian Penner, Co-prayer director for Christian Grandparenting Network, lpenner@christiangrandparenting.net